Report by Head of Governance and Law
In terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, Section 17, the Local Authority require to fix maximum fares and other charges in connection with the hire of taxis operating in their area and to review the scales for taxi fares and other charges on a regular basis. A report was before them in which they were invited to consider the representations received in response to a consultation carried out regarding the review of the fares and to decide on what course of action to take. Members were also asked to consider reverting back to reviewing the fare structure every 18 months rather than in 12 months time as agreed at their meeting on 19 January 2011.
The Committee agreed, in the first instance, to consider the request to revert back to reviewing the taxi fare structure every 18 months.
Agreed that further review of the fare structure should be undertaken in 18 months as required in terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
The Committee then reviewed the current fare structure and took into consideration representations received following the consultation.
That the present fare structure remain the same including the charges in respect of soiling, waiting and telephone bookings and the yardage distances.
Moved by Councillor Al Reay, seconded by Councillor Vivien Dance.
That the fare structure be increased as follows:-
Tariff 1 from £2.70 to £3.00
Tariff 2 from £3.20 to £3.50
Tariff 3 from £3.70 to £4.00
That the charges in respect of soiling, waiting and telephone bookings and yardage distances remain the same.
Moved by Councillor Gordon Chalmers, seconded by Councillor Roderick McCuish
1. The Motion was carried by 8 votes to 3 and the Committee resolved accordingly;
2. Authorised the Head of Governance and Law to advertise the proposed tariffs and to invite any responses within one month of the advertisement and report back to Members at their meeting on 21 March 2012 on any representations made;
3. Agreed that if no representations are made it be delegated to the Head of Governance and Law, in consultation with the Chair of PPSL Committee, to conclude the review without the requirement for the Committee to consider a further report on the review; and
4. Agreed that these proposed charges should come into effect on 30 April 2012.
(Reference: Report by Head of Governance and Law, submitted)